Abandoned baby cases

Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali. Picture: FT FILE

THREE babies were abandoned by their mothers at Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital from January to May this year, while five babies under the age of one were abandoned last year.

This was confirmed by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Child Services Unit yesterday.

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali said there was a need to understand the reason women committed this act.

“When women do this, it’s not easy and it’s for very profound reasons,” she said. Ms Ali said while these women faced the law, they should not be judged harshly. “We need to understand the reasons rather than get on the moral high ground.”

She said some of the reasons mothers did this were because their impregnator had left, thus leaving all the responsibilities to the mother.

Ms Ali has urged all pregnant women facing hardships to contact the FWCC where options could be worked out to help support these women.

“We can offer support and guidance, work out options with women and give support, give information and offer referrals with absolute confidentiality,” she said.

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